After working as a teacher for several years in his native New Zealand, Matt decided it was time to finally explore the world. Several months of travel through Canada and Japan only strengthened his desire for further travel, so he decided to retrace his Dutch heritage back to Europe. Nine years later, he's still here — and every year that little bit more European. The one thing that hasn't changed in those nine years is his continued passion for travel.
He has established himself in the travel industry, working in several different roles including coach driver, tour guide and travel operations. This allowed him to work and travel extensively around Europe and the world, and now at Audley, taking him full circle back to New Zealand.
Matt has a unique understanding and in-depth knowledge of New Zealand that can only be achieved by growing up and living in the country for over 25 years. He is especially passionate about local cuisine, adventure activities, history — and like all kiwis — he loves a good barbeque.
I'll never forget when…
New Zealand is one of those countries that looks amazing from all angles. My most memorable experience was viewing the mountains, dense forests and blue waters from the air.
Flying from Wanaka to Milford Sound on a light aircraft, I experienced New Zealand from a completely new angle. Soaring over hanging glaciers and between snow-capped peaks, this remarkable flight gave me glimpses of Mount Aspiring, Mount Cook, and into mysterious Fiordland. From the air it was easy to pick out the sheer rock walls of Milford Sound and the tiny Alpine fishing and climbing huts.
Being able to land on the small runway in Milford Sound and experience a boat trip in this remarkable part of the world really was also special, and so much better than taking the alternative 13 hour return bus journey. I would totally recommend this option to everyone.